Frequently Asked Questions
What is a barong?
Barong is short for Barong Tagalog, which translates to the clothing of the Tagalog people of the Philippines. The barong is the national garment of the Philippines, and it is considered formal wear for men. Barongs are the Filipino equivalents of suits and tuxedos. Click here for our blog post on why the barong is the national garment of the Philippines.
What is made-to-measure?
Made-to-measure is a way to make clothing where each garment is made to fit the measurements of each individual customer, often with some feature customizations, as opposed to ready-to-wear, where garments are constructed to fit the manufacturer's definition of an average customer.
Why don't you sell barongs in sizes?
All bodies are different and unique. Barongs that are sold in sizes generally do not fit well. People look and feel better wearing clothing when it is made especially for them.
Why do you charge so much for one barong?
Barongs in preset sizes cost less to manufacture than made-to-measure barongs, therefore they can be sold for a lower price. All of the barongs we sell are made-to-measure. They are also all made by hand by artisans in the Philippines. All of our barongs are embroidered by a person by hand, not by a machine. Our barongs take more time and effort to make, and, as a result, they cost more to make. Click here to see our blog post about how piña fabric is made.
Pineapple Ind customers also receive more. Pineapple Ind measures all of its customers, wherever they are in the US (see the How This Works section), to ensure a proper fit. All barongs get shipped for free. All men's fit barongs include a traditional chamisa de chino (undershirt). All barong purchases are accompanied by another accessory gift, as well.
Why should I trust Pineapple Ind to make me a great barong?
Pineapple Ind is very experienced in fitting and styling barongs for people of various body types. As you can see in our product photos, the models look good and feel good in their Pineapple Ind barongs. Our barong-makers come from generations of embroidery and barong-making tradition, and they are the best in the world. We will ensure that you always get a high quality barong for your money.
Which barong should I buy?
We sell jusi barongs, which are made of silk, and piña silk barongs, which are a blend of pineapple leaf fiber and silk. Both are considered formal wear for men, and can be worn on occasions like weddings and banquets. Jusi is smooth to the touch, thinner (since it has no lining), has a tighter weave and is more durable than piña silk. It also costs less than piña silk. Piña silk has super fine fibers, is course to the touch, is thicker (since it is lined with organza on the inside for a smooth feel), is shinier, has a looser weave and is more delicate than jusi. But note that both materials are very easy to rip if the barong is not put on, worn or taken off carefully. There will be blog posts on how to put on, wear and take off a fitted barong correctly.
Piña barongs are considered more formal. So, if you are the groom in a wedding, it is preferable to wear a piña barong, much like it is preferable for a groom to wear a tuxedo under US wedding custom. There will be blog posts on barong etiquette and tips.
These barongs can also be dressed down for a more casual look, like many of the pictures show on our website. It is really a matter of personal choice which type of barong you buy. Women wearing women's fit barongs really have less restrictions over how they can wear barongs. See next question and answer below.
Why are you making barongs for women? Aren't barongs for men only?
Barongs are customarily worn by men only. The barong is the national garment of the Philippines, and it is not fair that it is only widely available to men. Barongs look great on women, too. Also, women wearing barongs is not a new thing. For example, Corazon Aquino wore barongs while she served as president of the Philippines.
It is 2017, and Pineapple Ind wants to change a lot about the image of the barong and how it is worn. One of Pineapple Ind's goals is to make the barong widely accessible to everyone regardless of gender. On this website, all embroidery designs are available in men's and women's fits, and we welcome all gender nonconforming people to shop our barongs.
Since the barong was not originally intended for women, the barong etiquette or rules can be disregarded for women. For instance, the women models on our website wore whatever they wanted underneath their barongs, whereas the men had to wear chamisa de chino (undershirts) underneath. That is, unless a gender nonconforming woman wants to wear a men's fit barong. In that case, the men's etiquette and rules do apply, and a chamisa de chino should be worn underneath. Our blog will have more barong etiquette and tips.
Are the barongs on this website all the barongs you sell?
No, more barongs will be added periodically. Plus, we sell custom made and bespoke barongs that are not available on this website. See our Special Sales section.